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Factory Girls

Katiebird pointed to this extraordinary post from linfer at MyDD that I think is well worth a read.

Factory Workers at Sunrise

One of the things that has really ticked me off about the angry white male supporters of Obama and their media support group is that too often working class women have been characterized as “uneducated”. There are a lot of reasons why people don’t get degrees but to suggest that these people are uneducated or, what is clearly implied, stupid, would be a gross misunderstanding of the working class in our country. I come from working class roots. My paternal grandmother was the only one to have a high school diploma. My grandfather left school in eighth grade after his mother and sister died and his father abandoned him. His grandmother took him in but made it clear he had to make his own living. My maternal grandmother skipped two years of school, got bored and dropped out in 10th grade to marry my maternal grandfather, a happy-go-lucky guy, champion swimmer and steel mill worker. My parents did not have 4 year degrees. Both took college level classes for various things. My father was trained by the navy to maintain nuclear reactors at one of the toughest training schools that exist. My mother took classes but our constant moving made it impossible for her to attend seriously. My aunts and uncles all took the vocational route or homemaking. I was the first person on either side to finish college.

The reason I bring this up is because everyday I talk to people who have degrees but can’t think their way out of paper bags. This even occasionally happens with people with hard science degrees. I sometimes think that some kids would be better off pursuing a vocational degree than pushed into a worthless degree from a liberal arts college and for which they put no effort and learned nothing. But there are people in factories who go to work who through no fault of their own, or even by choice, do not have educations. And these people are turning to Hillary because they know that their vote is valuable and they are going to give it to the person who comes to them and asks them for it, not to the person who disparages their life situation in order to appear sexier to the young, the male and the snobby.

There’s a lesson in that. But I doubt that Obamaphiles, with all their degrees will understand it.

6 Responses

  1. riverdaughter! Thanks for featuring that link and writing that WONDERFUL introduction. Reading her story reminded me of my parent’s story and so does what you’ve written here.

    It’s funny that stories about The Uniter don’t make me feel the sense of Unity that I get from Hillary and her supporters.

  2. KB: Yeah, I don’t feel the “unity” from Obama either. Only the “hot” need apply with him.

  3. If Obama is not our candidate, who will work harder to destroy Hillary Clinton:

    MSM, Rightwing Freaks or the “progressive” blogosphere?

    How should we interpret this:

    http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/3/3/172717/1202

    Un-f#*@ing-believable!!!

  4. MABlue: Yeah, I saw that. What is he going to say? That Hillary is a lesbian? Yeah, right, like we haven’t heard *that* before. And like we would care anyway. What about Bill? What more can they explore that we don’t already know that wasn’t printed in the NYTimes for our titillation? Yes, I think they’re empty threats. But it sure seems like the so-called progressive blogosphere is becoming unhinged over the merest possibility that Clinton could win OH and TX. What’s that all about? I mean, the stakes are high for us too but we’re not going around threatening people. They seem to have invested so much of their energy in pushing Obama down our throats it seems like they just can’t comprehend why their sheer willpower alone isn’t sufficient. It’s weird. It’s almost like the rest of us voters don’t have a right to exist. Am I interpreting this right?
    You know what’s also strange? Granted this is a little outpost in the middle of nowhere but we’ve managed to get almost 36000 hits since I opened the doors and I get very, very few Obamaphiles through here. I occasionally have to delete a comment or two from the moderated pile but all in all, they’ve stayed away and I KNOW they know I’m here. So, are they just hoping that if they ignore me and Corrente and some of the other nascent blogs that we’ll just go away? Or do they have a blind spot where the neutral to pro-Hillary blogs are concerned?
    What to make of it?

  5. Thank you for this post. As a low-income, baby-boomer lesbian who didn’t quite finish that college degree, I know Obamaland has no place for me and would probably prefer it if I just disappeared from the earth. And I hate the term “low information” voter. It implies that people without that magic degree probably cannot find their way to the internet, or, if they somehow get online, can’t read what is there anyway. It has been a huge relief to me to find sites like this one. Place like TPM and DKos are unbearable. Thank you for starting this.

  6. In the beginning of this whole charade, Randi Rhodes and Ed Schultz kept talking about the lower income uneducated Hillary voter. These people are progressive? What is going on.

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